Holiday Lunch

Bring an art-based Holiday Gift to exchange, $10 value.
We will have fun with an interactive drawing game, with paper and crayons provided.


Thank you, John Ford, for contributing these photos of our Annual December Luncheon. It was a festive gathering at the Braised Onion. Vivian Drawneek kept us creatively entertained with a fun drawing game while we waited for our entrees.

Wesley Stout – January 9, 2023

RECAP of Today’s Meeting from Secretary Cathy Burnside

Just wanted to congratulate President Lee Asta on our first meeting of 2023.  We had  2 new members join today. That is an awesome way to start the year.

It was a great meeting with 23 in attendance. 13 of us went to lunch at Southern Kitchen and we all agreed it was delicious.  Thanks to Susan for an awesome demo from Wesley. That man can paint…got lots of great ideas from him… 2023 is going to be a great year!!!

First Book Club Meeting – Nov 1-2022

First OAG Book Club -November 1st, 2022, at Braised Onion in Ocala. Our first book was: “Fake Like Me” by Barbara Bourland was rated by us as a 4 (ratings were 0-5 highest). Summary: this book was very interesting to me as an Artist—I found the Author’s use of colorful phrases and language basically stimulating. I knew I missed a couple of the twists and outcomes, so I took a deep breath and went back and reread it from the beginning to solve my unanswered questions. I think we could have discussed it for another hour, but we ended at 2:15! Some hadn’t finished it yet, so we didn’t want to spoil it for them! This was a great book to begin with, .and we look forward to our next one! Check for Book Club Schedule on our Website. Happy Reading!!!! .AND painting!! Lee Asta

Clockwise from Left: Marion Savage, Vandy Shake, Verna Sheldon, Lee Asta, Cathy Burnside

Note from Cathy Burnside-

I really enjoyed our first book club meeting.  Lee was very organized and even had an art piece she created based on the book. Looking forward to our next meeting Jan 3rd
Our next book is The Last Van Gogh by Alyson Richman.   Great group of ladies.

Dracula! at the Civic Theatre

October 20-23, 2022

The stage at the Ocala Civic Theatre soon will be “darkened” by the performance of Dracula!

Ocala Art Group members have had unusual painting parties lately. Their Bats!!! that will hang from the Civic Theatre ceilings and will be for sale during the run of Dracula in October. Several OAG members will also participate in the Dracula Exhibit. Their paintings are still under wraps, but we’ll add photos of them later. You won’t want to miss these! This project has taken members out of their “comfort zone” and into the shadows of gothic horror, but what fun!

Thank you, Jan Tindall for all your work organizing this OAG venture at the Theatre.

A Note from Mary Haley-Rocks

It was a great experience for me being in charge of the Sunday matinee art sales for OAG members at the Ocala Civic Theatre. Many patrons viewed the OAG Dracula Art Exhibit and commented on the variety and style of the paintings. It was a pleasure visiting with the Ocala Art Group members that were attending the play.

Mary Haley-Rocks

Photos below courtesy of Jan Tindall.

OAG Painting Party at All About Art


Ocala Art Group’s display of art and bats in the lobby of the Ocala Civic Theatre was well received by the playgoers for the opening performances of Dracula. Enjoy the photos below:

Tuscawilla Park – October 15, 2022

Car and Music Fest

On Saturday, October 15 the Ocala Art Group joined other art associations for a beautiful afternoon in Tuscawilla Park. The event sponsored by Jenkins Auto included live music, food trucks and art.

We enjoyed talking to the other art groups and many interested visitors. Another fun time was had by ALL! Members Heather Doherty, Ramey Vogel, Iris Kaplan and Lee Asta represented OAG at the Tuscawilla Park’ s Car and Music Fest and had another great ARTventure filled with lots of “community outreach” and “Intergenerational conversations”. Talk about a POSITIVE experience! Heather even had a couple of sales of her art!!!!

Not only did we Members get to know one another better but, we made NEW BFF with our tent neighbors from Magnolia Art Exchange. We were invited to visit their facilities for a friendly tour and potential development of several Intergenerational art activities including possible joint POP-UP shows, Workshops, even possibly Mixers as well as a joint Book Reading /discussion session…at their facilities!!! The POTENTIAL is there, we just need members to get involved with their “ART and SOUL”!

Amazingly, Lee BRIEFLY shared the idea for OAGs search for a donated Permanent Gallery Space with Pam from the Reilly Art Center as well as David from the Appleton, who both are interested in helping us achieve our goal. The wheels have started turning and our Outreach Committee will be meeting shortly to formally start the Journey! We could use another member (especially one from Ocala) or two to join this committee, so let Lee know if you are interested.

Sandra Fox – Silk Painting – Oct. 10, 2022

Sandra provided an opportunity for each of us to paint on a piece of silk during her program! We learned a lot about using resists for silk painting. Even the common Sharpie marker makes an excellent resist for controlled flow of color.

Thank you, Sandra for a very informative and most enjoyable silk painting experience!

Sept 12 OAG Meeting

Location – Brick City Art Center
11:00 — Executive Board Meeting
12:00 — Socializing (bring your lunch)
12:30 — Members Meeting
1:00 — Brainstorming Session (bring your ideas)
1:30 — Creative Sparks Presentation (bring a drawing surface and drawing tool)

A Thank you from Lee Asta, President

Dear Vivian,
      Thank you so much for all your hard work and strong Leadership during our Brainstorming Session at our September Meeting.  Members present at the Brick were encouraged to give their input as to how to improve our Art Group’s various elements such as Meetings, Demos, ARTventures, Trips, Workshops, etc. 

        As the President for this past year, I was so pleased to see that our efforts to follow our OAG MISSION STATEMENT for educating Members as well as the Ocala Community, did NOT go unnoticed.

        Be assured, as a FORMER TEACHER, these educational elements were ALWAYS on my mind AND ALWAYS WILL BE!!!! Thus, it appears that this past year’s Demos, cultural trips to Movies, Shows and Museums, as well as our WELL ATTENDED Intergenerational Mixer, ARTventures, and even our Luncheons, were greatly appreciated for their socialization aspects, as well as the education they fostered.

         Lastly, we appreciate our meetings being brought up for IMPROVEMENT, as this was next on our list of things to do also!!!My Board and I were already working on them and have come up with somewhat radical changes to BOTH our Board AND Members’ meetings, but MUCH NEEDED ONES AS WELL!!! CLICK HERE + TO SEE WHAT WE HAVE COME UP WITH!! We will assess these changes at the end of tthe year to see how we liked them??????

         Hopefully, this Brainstorming Session is just the beginning for our art group to work together to help make this an attractive and fulfilling means to foster CREATIVITY (and its appreciation) for all concerned!!!

         Thanks to all who contributed!!!   
Sincerely, Lee Asta, President

Brainstorming Summary
Below are the suggestions from the OAG members that were present at the 9/12/2022 brainstorming session at the Brick City Art Center. Following the suggestions, the members voted (up to 5 votes per member) for the suggestions that are the most important to the member.

OAG Website

  • Revisit/understand purpose and mission statement (18)
  • Add more links from other artistic groups

Call to Artists

  • Help with applications (3)


  • Exec board – meet via Zoom on another day (9)
  • Agenda for members meetings (12)
  • More demonstrations and education (18)


  • Get togethers/lunches (4)
  • Plein air adventure, sitting outdoors (6)
  • Educational trips (18)
  • Open studio day (8)


  1. The OAG Purpose and Mission statement need to be better understood by all members to ensure that the group is on track with its activities to meet the purpose.
  2. Education is highly important to the member, learning about art types, mediums, styles and processes. The education component can occur during/with an OAG meeting (demonstration) or an outside location, such as part of an Art-Venture. More hands-on learning and interactive activities are preferred.
  3. Members also want to improve the quality of the Meetings, both in time-management and in organization. Suggestions for these include:
    1. Provide a general Agenda for the Members Meeting.
    2. OAG Exec Board should meet via Zoom and on a separate date from Members meeting.


+ Thanks to Vivian Drawneek and her Team, a lively Brainstorming Session was able to timulate the OAG Board to forge ahead to make some much needed changes to the meetings held by the Board and also the meetings for the Members. 

         These changes will be instituted TEMPORARILY  for the remaining 6 meetings at the Brick and will be studied at the end of the year to decide if these changes will remain or further changes would be necessary????

           In an effort to shorten Members Meetings, most Business Reports from our Board’s work/Projects will be posted on our WEBSITE so there will be NO NEED to include such in an IN PERSON MEETING when held at the Brick Center. THese meetings will mainly be for reviewing details for upcoming art show venues or other Projects.


All Board Meetings will now be held on the FIRST MONDAY of each month via ZOOM from 10:00-11;30. THIs would even be for tose months with TRIPS and Luncheons…unless cancelled by the President due to lack of business!


Members’ Meetings will still be only 7 per year at the Brick City Center during the following months: Sept., Oct., Nov., Jan, Feb, Apr.  AND May.

Two Luncheons in Dec.and Jun.

Three ARTventures: March, July and August.

Members’ Meetings will start at 11 for a very brief meeting for business (if needed).

Demos immediately start around 11:20 – 1:00. Meeting ends at one and Members can go as a group (or individually) to a local restaurant for eating AND socializing. We can set up reservations from SIGN UP DONE AT MEETING UPON ENTRY INTO THE CENTER. 


BOARD MEETING= via ZOOM week before Regular meeting…on FIRST MONDAY …from 10-11:30.

MEMBERS’ MEETING= at Brick from 11-1:00. Go to lunch at 1 if want to socialize

Board will vote on this at the first ZOOM on October 3rd to try this till end of year in June. …Cathy please add to NEW business…thnx

Sounds just like what we needed!!! Thanks to Susan Fink for working these details out with Sandra Fox!!!